Catching-up w/ VERONICA BIANQUI’S Veronica Bianqui LP
by Walter Price
Back in December 2020, LA’s crafter of garage-pop Veronica Bianqui released a self-titled LP that is anything but singular. Co-produced by The Blank Tapes’ Matt Adams and Bianqui herself, this 11-track crisscrosses a lot of sonic territories. Imagine if the producers took the best bits from the Shangri-Las, psych-era Beatles, Olivia Newton-John, and the vibes of 1960s French pop and wove them into this set’s retro boutique sound.
Bianqui thrives in her heavy-hitting vocal delivery on songs like the opener, “If Love’s A Gun, I’m Better Off Dead”, “Jet Plane”, and “Victim”. But where she truly shines is when she utilizes the bluesy and sultry parts of her vocal abilities to lure you in and then hold you captivated. For example, “Aah, Paris”, “Precious One”, “Sunday Cups”, and “Don’t Love Me Blue” are all soundtrack-ready stunners that’ll find fans of modern-day pop heroes Billie Eilish, Lana Del Rey, and Anna Burch begging for more.
Much of the success of this solid set is the production. I’m a huge fan of letting the air in the room seep into the recording, hearing fingers move across guitar strings and , at times, hearing the slight vocal mishap. All these things give a recording life and atmospheric intrigue. And this LP has it all and it’s pretty cool through and through.
You can stream the full “Veronica Bianqui” LP as well watch the film for “Aah, Paris” now at the GTC.
Artist photo by Erika Mugglin
All songs written by V. Bianqui
Produced by Veronica Bianqui and Matt Adams
Mastered by Mark Chalecki
Recorded/Mixed by Mark Rains
Edited by: Heidi Bennett
Director’s Assistant: Orkhan Abbasoff
Color Correction: Ashley Ayarza
Album design by Saara Untracht-Oakner
Everybody’s walking ‘round with eyes closed
I don’t know, so you don’t know if
Life’s a stream inside a dream
Je ne, ne parle pas français
Mais je peux pretender